Do I know how to be a famous artist?Posted: February 4, 2012
I was reading Tony Dowler’s “Year of the Dungeon” blog the other day where he was writing about the art bizness and it made me think about my own ‘career.’ Currently, I make a little bit of ‘supplemental’ income on my art; it is very uneven and hardly a living, and, if I worked out an ‘hourly wage’ including the time I spend communicating with people, looking stuff up, etc., it would probably pay less than flipping burgers, but I love it, so I wouldn’t give it up.
I’d like to get better at the business side of things, however. For one thing, I think it would be a great spur to creativity. I’m also inspired by hearing that an artist I admire, Skinner, just published a new book: http://theartofskinner.com/blog/01-30-2012/book-release. I’m hoping I ordered early enough to get the bonus print.
So I have been doing a little bit of reading on the art biz. These are described as pertinent questions and are lifted from this article(http://www.artbusiness.com/wannafame.html):
(quote) Here’s more of what you have to learn in order to become successful as an artist:
► How to talk and write about your art in ways people understand, regardless of how little or how much they know about art.
► How to price your art and answer questions about your prices.
► How to make people appreciate your art and feel like it’s worth owning.
► How to respond when people criticize your art.
► How to know when you have enough art and enough of a selection to start showing and selling.
► How to show your art in ways that make it appealing to potential buyers.
► How to document your art in ways that increase its appeal to potential buyers.
► How to make sure that anyone who’s interested in your art is able to buy something, regardless of how little or how much they have to spend.
► How to sell your art outside of the gallery system.
► How to sell your art if it’s not the kind of art that galleries sell.
► How to find markets for your art outside of the gallery system.
► How to barter or trade your art for goods or services.
► How to present yourself and your art in ways that don’t sabotage your opportunities to make sales.